So Glad I Bought my Mac Air

2010 March 15
by Karen

Every evening my husband and I curl up to work/play on out respective laptops. Me on my Mac Air, him on this HP 311 netbook. My Air cost about 125% more than his netbook but each evening, I am reminded of how worthwhile that choice was.

After about an hour of computing nearly every night, my husband starts complaining that his computer is too hot. Considering that he bought the netbook to replace an older laptop that also inflicted leg scorching, it is an unfortunate situation. The HP 311 has great screen clarity, awesome video card, and even with Window 7, its lightning fast. But it gets very warm, particularly if one watches videos or plays video games, which is a frequent evening pastime.

The entire situation is typified by his comment that he is “very pissed off about this computer”. So I’m considering staging an intervention, selling the stupid thing on eBay on something, giving him my Mac Air and purchasing a new Mac Air or iPad. Honestly I don’t know what else to do. Suggestions appreciated or offers to buy if you’re willing to take the heat ;)

6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 March 16
    Emily permalink

    The lapinator – really helpful for making your legs less hot and it won’t cost as much as a Macbook Air.

  2. 2010 March 21
    Jeni permalink

    I have no stock in this company – but my husband and I each own an airdesk and love them http://www.airdesks.com/

  3. 2010 March 24
    Joel permalink

    Unless he is super-open-minded he may strongly resist the switch to OS X :) Unless, of course, you put Windows on it, which sort of defeats the purpose. :) I personally use a Levenger laplander (http://bit.ly/9UIDR4) which has space for mousepad and a clever elastic holder for a pen and makes double use as a sofa-based writing surface when the MacBook is not in use.

  4. 2010 March 29

    My husband isn’t that adverse to Macs we have 3 Macs to 2 PCs ratio in the house right now. He also is enamored with the iPad and wants one so I think it is very likely we’ll have a 4/2 ratio soon.

  5. 2010 April 6
    Rob D. permalink

    Netbooks are designed for getting on the web and checking email, not for gaming (unless you count Solitaire). The reason your husband’s laptop gets so hot is because the games he’s playing and videos he’s watching (which often run through Adobe Flash, a notorious CPU hog) are taxing the processor beyond its intended use.

    It sounds like a Mac laptop or an iPad is just what the doctor ordered for him, although there’s one caveat: no Flash on the iPad (so FarmVille and Mafia Wars and the like won’t work on it in their current state). I’m sure the companies that make these games are working on iPad versions, though.

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